Media Coverage: Saturday’s game will be carried live locally by News Talk 1460 AM WBRN in Big Rapids. A live video and audio webcast will be available through B2 Networks for a charge of $6 on FSU’s Athletics Website at www.ferris.edu/sports. In addition, live stats will be available over the internet at www.ferris.edu/sports. GVSU will have live audio of Saturday’s game at www.gvsulakers.com.
Ticket Info: Tickets for the game will be available at the door. For more information or directions, please contact the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888 or go online at www.starticketsplus.net. Tickets are $7 (general admission) or $10 (reserved) for adults along with $5 for students (K-12) or faculty/staff. FSU students are admitted free of charge with identification. A family pass with two adult and two youth tickets is $15.
Big Saturday: Saturday is “Senior Night” as the Bulldogs will honor guard Julius Vines (Muskegon Heights), forwards Terrance Shaw (Saginaw/Bridgeport) and Michael Daniels (Detroit/Murray-Wright) along with director of operations Frank Dye prior to the final regular-season home contest .......... Fans are encouraged to “wear gold” for the GVSU game ....... One dollar from every ticket sold Saturday night will be donated to the Susan P. Wheatlake Women's Cancer and Wellness Fund.
The Records: The Bulldogs, who presently have won three of their last four outings, own a current 10-16 overall record and are 8-9 in league action. GVSU holds a 22-3 overall mark and is 13-3 in GLIAC play entering Wednesday (Feb. 21) evening’s road game at Saginaw Valley State.
GLIAC Standings: Ferris and Michigan Tech presently rank tied for third in the GLIAC North Division with identical 8-9 marks .... Grand Valley State (13-3) and Northern Michigan (10-7) have secured the top two spots in the divisional standings with Saginaw Valley State (7-9) presently behind FSU and MTU entering Wednesday’s play.
GLIAC Tourney: The top two teams in each division will host quarterfinal-round play Tuesday, Feb. 27th ........ The semifinals/finals will be held March 2-3 at the site of the highest remaining seed .... Ferris has posted a 7-10 overall record in eight previous tournament appearances ..... FSU advanced to last year’s GLIAC Tourney Championship Game (3/4/06), but dropped a 80-58 decision to GVSU in Allendale, Mich.
GLIAC Tourney Scenario: The Bulldog men can clinch a fourth consecutive GLIAC Tournament bid with a win in Saturday’s contest. FSU still has a chance to earn a spot despite a loss depending upon results of other conference games this week ........ If Ferris loses to GVSU, the Bulldogs would likely need either Michigan Tech to drop its home game Saturday afternoon against Northern Michigan or Saginaw Valley State to lose both of its remaining games at home versus GVSU (Wednesday) and Northwood (Saturday).
Last Campaign: Ferris State posted an 18-13 overall mark en route to making its second consecutive NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional Tournament berth during the 2005-06 campaign. FSU posted a second-place 13-5 mark in GLIAC North Division regular-season action after claiming back-to-back league crowns in 2003-04 and 2004-05. Ferris also received GLIAC Tournament runner-up accolades last season.
Two Years Ago: Ferris State capped off a banner 2004-05 season with a runner-up finish in the NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional Tournament (March 12-15) held in Findlay, Ohio. FSU reached the regional championship game for only the third time in school history. The Bulldogs, who won their second-straight GLIAC North Division Championship in 2004-05, concluded the year with a 24-7 overall record and fell one game shy of advancing to the NCAA-II Elite Eight for the second time ever. FSU's 24 victories represented the third-most wins in school history.
Head Coach Bill Sall: A 1994 Calvin graduate, fifth-year FSU head coach Bill Sall previously held assistant coaching positions at Calvin (1992-95), Ferris State (1995-98) and Hillsdale (1998-02) prior to being named Ferris State’s 11th head coach. The Zeeland, Mich., native served as Ferris’ interim head coach for a portion of the 1995-96 campaign and led the Bulldogs to a 5-8 mark. Before joining the coaching ranks, Sall was a standout player at Calvin from 1985-90. He twice (1989-90) received second-team National Association of Basketball Coaches Division III All-America honors and led Calvin to three Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAA) championships, four NCAA-III Tournament bids and the 1990 NCAA-III Final Four. Sall has a current 82-73 (.529) career mark.
The Bulldog Tradition: The 2006-07 campaign marks the 79th season of Bulldog men’s basketball. The program began in 1925 although Ferris did not field a team from 1942-45 due to World War II. FSU has compiled a 944-872 (.520) all-time mark. The Bulldogs have won 11 GLIAC titles, made eight NCAA Division II Tournament appearances and reached the 1988 NCAA-II Elite Eight. Ferris captured a league-record four consecutive GLIAC titles from 1986-90.
The Team Captains: The senior trio of forwards Terrance Shaw and Michael Daniels along with guard Julius Vines are serving as FSU’s team captains this year.
The Bulldog Roster: Ferris’ 2006-07 roster includes three seniors, four juniors, two sophomores and six freshmen. Eight of the 15 players are guards while the remaining seven are frontcourt players. All 15 players on the Bulldogs’ 2006-07 roster hail from Michigan.
B2 Broadband Webcasts: A live broadband video and audio webcast will be available via B2 Networks for FSU’s remaining home games this season. The cost is $6 per game and includes live video along with a radio audio feed. To access the service or obtain more info, please visit the FSU Athletics Website at www.ferris.edu/sports.
Live Internet Stats: “Live Stats” of all 2006-07 Ferris State home games will be provided in progress via the internet. Visit the site at www.ferris.edu/sports and click the “Live Stats” icon to access.
GLIAC Games On The Air: All eighteen of FSU’s 2006-07 league games are tentatively slated to be carried live by local radio station WBRN (News Talk 1460 AM). FSU Assistant Athletics Communications Director Rob Bentley will once again call the play-by-play action on the road while Jason DaDay will be the on-air talent for home games. Selected contests can also be accessed live via the internet by clicking on the Bulldog Athletics Webcasts icon at www.ferris.edu/sports.
On The Internet: Ferris State University Athletics’ official web site can be found at www.ferris.edu/sports. The site features information on all FSU varsity programs including rosters, stats, yearbooks and more.
Bulldog History: Ferris State’s impressive basketball tradition includes 11 GLIAC titles, eight NCAA Division II Tournament appearances and a berth in the 1988 NCAA-II Elite Eight. Ferris, which last won the GLIAC Tournament championship during the 1997-98 campaign, captured a league record four consecutive conference titles from 1986-90. FSU has won more GLIAC Championships (11) than any other league member.
Rankings Information: FSU was listed among other teams receiving votes with four points in the National Association of Basketball Coaches Division II Preseason Top 25 Poll. Defending NCAA-II National Champion Winona State (Minn.) is presently ranked first nationally in the latest poll (Feb. 20). GLIAC members Findlay and Grand Valley State are listed 3rd and 10th, respectively, in the current rankings. Southern Indiana was ranked 5th in the poll from the Great Lakes Region ........ Findlay is ranked first in the most recent (Feb. 14) NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional Rankings with GVSU listed fourth.
Turning It Around: The Bulldogs had posted only a 21-82 (.204) mark in the four seasons prior to head coach Bill Sall's arrival, but have since went 77-65 (.542) and claimed two divisional titles while making two NCAA-II Tournament appearances in his four previous seasons at the helm. FSU won only four games (4-22) the year before Sall arrived in 2001-02.
Bulldog Bites: Freshman guard Anthony Sydnor (Muskegon Heights) was honored as the GLIAC North Division Player of the Week once this year (Jan. 29) ......... Terrance Shaw became only the 25th player in school history to notch his 1,000th career point at Mercyhurst (Jan. 18) ....... Ferris needs six wins to record the school’s 950th all-time win ...... Michael Daniels is five rebounds away from notching his 550th career board and only 66 points shy of becoming the 26th player in school history to score 1,000 career points.
GLIAC Tourney Notebook: The tournament remains on campus sites this season for the fifth year in a row. Prior to the 2002-03 season, the four previous tournaments were held at a neutral site location, with the final three taking place at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids, Mich ....... The winner of this season’s GLIAC Tournament will receive the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional Tournament slated for March 10-13 at a site to be determined.
What A Change: Ferris State has notched its fifth-straight 10-plus win campaign this year. Prior to the current stretch under fifth-year head coach Bill Sall, the Bulldogs had not won more than eight games in the previous four seasons.
Moving Into The Top 10: FSU’s Jessie York (Muskegon Heights) moved into 10th place on the school’s all-time three-point chart last Saturday (Feb. 17) at Lake Superior State. York presently has 107 career made treys. In addition, he presently ranks 11th in career three-point shooting percentage (.378) on the school’s all-time list.
Hard To Miss: FSU’s Julius Vines currently ranks first on the school’s all-time list in free throw percentage (.843) based on a minimum of 100 attempts. In addition, his current .871 (54-62) effort from the line this year is listed second on the program’s seasonal list.
This Is Our Month: Ferris State has won 22 of its last 27 games held in the month of February dating back to the 2003-04 season. The Bulldogs, who are presently 3-2 overall this month, tallied a perfect 8-0 record in February two years ago (2004-05).
Ferris Picked Second: Ferris State was picked to finish second in the 2006-07 GLIAC Men's Basketball Coaches Preseason North Division Poll. The Bulldogs totaled 27 points but had no first-place votes in the balloting, which was conducted by the conference's head coaches. Defending GLIAC North Division Champion Grand Valley State was selected as the divisional favorite as the Lakers recorded 36 points along with six first-place votes. Findlay took the top spot in the South Division. The league's 13 head coaches voted for the division in which they play.
Ferris State vs. Grand Valley State Notebook:
Scouting Grand Valley State: Grand Valley State, which claimed a second consecutive GLIAC North Division title this season, is led in scoring by junior guard Jason Jamerson (14.5 ppg). The Lakers, who are guided by third-year head coach Ric Wesley, were 17-4 overall during the 2005-06 campaign and advanced to the NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional Tournament. Grand Valley State is ranked 10th nationally in this week’s (Feb. 20) National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division II Top 25 poll. The Lakers have currently won 16 of their last 17 outings this season entering Wednesday’s game at Saginaw Valley State.
Series Information: Ferris, which has won five of the last nine series’ contests, holds a 46-39 advantage heading into Saturday’s 86th encounter. The Lakers, however, have won three-straight meetings, including a 70-63 triumph earlier this year (Dec. 7) at Allendale, Mich. Ferris posted a 79-63 win in last year’s initial contest (12/8/05) at Jim Wink Arena. FSU head coach Bill Sall currently holds a 5-6 career coaching mark versus Grand Valley State.
The Last Meeting: Grand Valley State pulled out a 70-63 GLIAC win over visiting Ferris State in the most recent game (Dec. 7) between the two teams earlier this season at the GVSU Fieldhouse Arena in Allendale, Mich. The Lakers took a two-point halftime advantage and then outscored Ferris 39-34 in the final frame to earn the victory. Ferris led by as many as four points with 18:44 to play before the Lakers came back. GVSU was paced by Dan Redder's game-high tying 22 points. Terrance Shaw led FSU with 22 points and nine rebounds. The Bulldogs also received 14 points from Julius Vines along with 12 rebounds by Michael Daniels. The Bulldogs turned the ball over 18 times compared to GVSU's 15 miscues in the rivalry matchup. Grand Valley State was also aided by 22 fouls called against FSU as the Lakers had only 13 fouls.
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